According to information from Apple insider Jeff Pu from 9to5mac, the performance jump from M2 to M2 Pro chip will be more significant than from M1 to M1 Pro. The new M2 Apple Silicon has just been introduced by Apple together with a new MacBook Air, it has 8 CPU cores and up to 10 GPU cores (2 more than the M1). Next, analogous to the order of model introductions for the M1 predecessor, versions of the Mac Mini with the M2 Pro are expected. If the M2 was still produced in the same 5 nanometer process as the M1 (Pro) by TSMC, the M2 Pro is supposed to be produced with new 3 nanometer processes - the reduction of the circuits also always means an acceleration.
Apple M2 Pro
According to Apple, the M2 has an 18% faster CPU performance than the M1 and its 2 additional GPU cores even have a 35% better graphics performance. In addition, the M2 offers up to 24 GB of RAM, while the M1 is only available with 8 GB and 16 GB of RAM. The M2 Pro is said to have (at least in the variant for the new Mac Mini) 8 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores, for a total of 12 CPU cores (i.e. 2 more than the current M1 Pro). The additional cores and especially the acceleration due to the smaller 3 nanometer chip structure should result in a significant performance increase of the M2 Pro. It can be assumed that a future M2 Max will also feature these improvements and additionally - analogous to the M1 Pro and Max - more CPU/GPU cores as well as more memory and possibly also a higher memory bandwidth again.
Apple M1 vs M2
All improvements that would also benefit a future Apple Mac Studio with an M2 Ultra, which would then presumably use two coupled M2 Max chips. So we can be curious about the presentation of the first Mac with M2 - the mass production of the M2 Pro is supposed to start later this year.
According to Apple specialist Mark Gurman, apart from the just released MacBook Air with M2, there are other new models with the new M2 (as well as Pro and Max versions) in development:
- A Mac mini with an M2 chip (with the same performance data as the M2 in the MacBook Air, i.e. 8 CPU and 10 GPU cores) as well as an M2 Pro variant.
- An entry-level MacBook Pro with an M2 chip (like MacBook Air)
- A 14-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max. The M2 Max chip is said to have 12 CPU cores and 38 graphics cores (i.e. two CPU cores and two GPU cores more than the current model, plus more than 64 GB RAM
- A 16-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max